No Critical Driving Errors
No Critical Driving Errors

How to Pass your Driving Test First Time - No Critical Errors


1. Intervention by examiner
2. Strikes object/curb
3. Disobeys traffic sign or signal
4. Disobeys traffic safety personnel or safety vehicles

5. Dangerous Maneuver
6. Speed - Refer to video
7. Auxiliary equipment use
8. Lane Violation


1. Intervention by examiner 

  • Any action or inaction that requires physical or verbal intervention by the examiner. 
    • An example of a verbal intervention could be the examiner loudly stating, “Stop.” 
  • You make 3 attempts to back your vehicle.
2. Strikes object
  • You make contact with another vehicle, object, bicyclist, pedestrian, or animal when it could have been safely avoided. 
  • You drive over the curb or on the sidewalk.
3. Disobeys traffic signs or signals 
  • You go through or exceed a brisk walking speed (4 mph) at a: 
    • Stop sign. 
    • Flashing red light. 
    • Right turn on a red light. 
  • You do not stop and wait for a green signal at a: 
  • Red light. (After making a full and complete stop at the red light, you may make a right turn when it is safe to do so and there are no posted signs prohibiting a right turn on a red light.) 
  • Red freeway-metered ramp signal. 
  • You make an unnecessary stop at a green light or on a freeway-metered ramp. 
  • A lane drop (lane merges). 
  • Painted arrows. 
  • A painted island. 
  • Curb markings (red, blue, etc.). 
  • Traffic cones, etc.
  • You disobey other traffic signs and/or lane marking, such as: 
4. Disobeys traffic safety personnel or safety vehicles 
  • You pass a school bus that has flashing red lights. 
    Traffic in both directions must stop unless driving on a divided highway. 
  • You fail to pull over and stop for an emergency vehicle. 
  • You disobey any safety personnel, law enforcement officer, or firefighter.
5. Dangerous maneuvers 
  • You take any action or inaction that causes another driver or pedestrian to take evasive action. 
  • You do not move your head and eyes to make a traffic check at an uncontrolled intersection when a hazard is present. 
  • You make an unnecessary stop on a freeway-merge lane while entering or exiting. 
  • You block an intersection at anytime with your vehicle so that it impedes cross traffic. 
  • You do not look in your mirror(s) or over your shoulder to check the rear or blind spot when: 
    • Making a lane change. 
    • Merging. 
    • Backing. 
    • Making a right turn with a bike lane. 
    • Pulling from the curb or side of the road. 
  • You stall the engine: 
  • In an intersection. 
  • 3 times due to poor clutch/gear use.
6. Speed 
  • You drive 10 mph: 
    • Over the speed limit. 
    • Under the speed limit when the road, pedestrians, bicyclists, and/or traffic conditions do not warrant a lower speed.
  • You drive too: 
  • Fast for safety. 
  • Slow for safety.
7. Auxiliary equipment use 
Failure to use the windshield wipers, defroster, or headlights when weather conditions or darkness requires the use of auxiliary equipment. 

8. Lane violation 
  • You drive: 
    • Further than 200 feet in a bike lane or two-way center left turn lane. 
    • Straight ahead while in a designated turn lane. 
    • Unnecessarily in the oncoming traffic lane at anytime. 
  • You turn from a designated forward (straight) lane. 
  • You make a turn from the wrong lane.
    For right turns with a bike lane, you must enter the bike lane only after ensuring there is no bicycle traffic and then make the turn.